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The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning

Vauve Press, 2013 (Limited Edition)

HarperDesign, 2015


The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is a journey through one austral summer—the story of an environmental cleanup project on a small island off the Antarctic coast and a look at the challenges of cooking in a makeshift kitchen at the bottom of the world. Whenever adventure beckons, an open mind and a full stomach are necessities.


In 2014 The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning was shortlisted for the Taste Canada Food Writing Awards for best culinary narrative and received a Merit in Book Design at the Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC) Awards.

Released worldwide in May 2015  with HarperDesign, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers USA.

Recommended in the 2015 NY T Holiday Gift Guide.



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Our Readers Say:

“. . . nourishing in all sorts of ways. Not just for the sumptuous recipes they include – good enough to make one take up litter-picking or penguin counting just to fit them all in – but for the day to day detail of deep-frozen existence.” —Bella Bathurst, British Airway’s High Life magazine


“It’s far more than Cooking and Cleaning. I guess the way that Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is not just about Zen and Motorcycles, really.” —Joy Roberts


“Her skills honed in the “bush camps across Canada,” Trusler subscribes to the school of “pitch-and-toss cookery,” in which scarce ingredients force instinct and imagination to commingle in a sort of culinary gestalt.”— Christine Baumgarthuber, The New Inquiry


“Sometimes a book is just a book and sometimes a book is an entire experience in itself; it can cross several different senses before even being consumed by the mind. The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning is one such book.” —Cat Croteau, Women’s Adventure magazine


It’s a magnificent book, from the archival photographs, both personal and historical, to the eccentricity of your writing…and especially for the tone, the project of it, ethically – and your curiosity and generosity towards the people you were with. It’s been a real joy to encounter a kind of wonder I recognize and relate to so strongly. And I love any cookbook that also includes recipes for cocktails.” — Soraya Peerbaye, author


“I love that it is so many different things in one: cook book, chronicle, journal, history, confession, feminist manifesto if I dare say so… I think a lot of people will be interested in these experiences and that it has a very universal appeal on top of being flat out gorgeous and full of amazing recipes.” Rita Leistner, author of Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan (2013), former tree-planter (1982-1992)